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Orioles' Matt Wieters has goal of being ready by opening day
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who is throwing from 150 feet in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, said he is preparing to be ready by opening day.

"The rehab's going well and going how it's supposed to from all the talk I've gotten with Dr. (James) Andrews and my physical therapist down here and Richie (Bancells)," Wieters said, per MASNsports.com. "Everything's kind of moved along and we're preparing for me to be ready for opening day. We still have a good couple of months before we're there, so it's still going to be a lot of work to put into it, but that's what I'm preparing for. We're trying to get all the steps checked off before we get there.

"We'll see when I'm actually going to be able to get behind the plate and catch in games during spring training, but it's just a matter of making sure the arm has been tested enough to where when we do get into games with adrenaline and a little bit of pressure that we're ready to go."

Wieters added making sure his shoulder is also in good shape is part of the rehab process coming off elbow surgery.

"(Monday) we went out to 150 just to test it out a little bit," he said, "and everything has kind of checked out and we've had nothing really major to set back the progression."

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Report: Yoan Moncada has worked out for seven teams
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has worked out for at least seven teams, according to MLB.com.

The Brewers, Rangers, Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox and Padres have all gone to see Moncada in private workouts this month. The Dodgers sent both manager Don Mattingly and general manager Andrew Friedman to see the 19-year-old.

Moncada cannot sign with a club until he's cleared by the U.S. government's Office of Foreign Asset Control. 

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Indians want Michael Bourn to get back to his base-stealing ways
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Indians want outfielder Michael Bourn to get back to his base-stealing ways, according to the Plain Dealer

Prior to joining the team, Bourn had compiled five straight seasons with at least 40 steals. Since joining the team, he's stolen 33 bases in two seasons. Injuries have played a role in his decline. Bourn admitted he had some trouble adjusting to the American League in his first season with Cleveland. He tore his hamstring on the final day of the season, and had offseason surgery, but the issue still plagued him in 2014. 

Manager Terry Francona agreed, saying "When he gets on base, he has to disrupt the game." Francona added, "he wants to do it really bad, he just wasn't in position to do it the last couple of years. Hopefully, those injuries are limited and he can use his legs because he's a huge part of what we do."

Bourn, 32, hit .257/.314/.360 over 444 at-bats last year.

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Rockies, Adam Ottavino avoid arbitration
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Rockies have avoided arbitration with pitcher Adam Ottavino, according to MLB.com.

Ottavino agreed to a one-year deal with the club. Ottavino will make $1.3 million next season, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 29-year-old posted a 3.60 ERA over 65 innings last year.

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Astros looking at pitcher Kevin Correia
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Astros are looking to add pitcher Kevin Correia, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Houston is said to be seeking a backend starter, and Correia fits the bill. The 34-year-old posted a 5.44 ERA over 154 innings with the Twins and Dodgers last year. 

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Mariners bring back Franklin Gutierrez on a minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Mariners have signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on a minor-league deal, according to the Seattle Times

Gutierrez spent all of last season on the restricted list due to gastrointestinal issues. The two sides were rumored to be discussing a reunion, and officially made the deal happen on Monday. Gutierrez, 31, hit .248/.273/.503 over 145 at-bats back in 2013. 

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Angels hopeful Garrett Richards will be ready for opening day
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Angels are hopeful that pitcher Garrett Richards will be ready by opening day, according to the Orange County Register

If Richards isn't ready for the start of the season, the team expects him to be back shortly after that. Richards had knee surgery in August, but he's been able to make progress. General manager Jerry DiPoto said he was "optimistic" about Richards' status. Richards has been able to increase his running on a treadmill, and hasn't experienced any issues with his throwing program, according to DiPoto. Richards is currently throwing from 125 to 150 feet about five times per week.

Richards posted a 2.61 ERA over 168 2/3 innings last year.

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Blue Jays retain President and CEO Paul Beeston for 2015
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Blue Jays have reached an extension with their President and CEO Paul Beeston, the team announced.

The deal will take Beeston through the 2015 season. Beeston plans to retire at the end of the season. The team had reportedly been in pursuit of Orioles Vice President Dan Duquette, but neither side could agree on the right amount of compensation in a possible deal. 

The team said it will not discuss the process or timing behind finding a replacement for Beeston.

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Orioles' Matt Wieters throwing from 150 feet
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has begun throwing from 150 feet, according to MASN.

Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery last season, and is working his way back from the surgery. He was cleared to start throwing from 150 feet on Monday. Wieters had previously been throwing from 120 feet. He said he's preparing as if he'll be ready for opening day.

Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 over 104 at-bats last year.

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Orioles bring in Parmelee, De La Rosa on minor-league deals
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have signed outfielder Chris Parmelee and pitcher Dane De La Rosa on minor-league deals, according to MLB.com.

The 26-year-old Parmelee spent his first four seasons in Minnesota before becoming a free-agent during the offseason. Parmelee hit .256/.307/.384 over 250 at-bats last year.

De La Rosa, 31, pitched just 2 1/3 innings with the Angels last season. He had knee surgery in September.

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